W12+Exchange: Leading the Way for Water Security During COVID-19: Feb 4, 2021


On February 4, 2021 the Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre is speaking on a panel of experts on water security issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first three W12+ events of 2021 are part of the new W12+ Accelerator, “Breaking the Cycle: COVID-19 and Water Insecurity”, which dives into the complex interactions of water scarcity driving a global pandemic and the consequent water insecurity driven by the pandemic in urban settings. A series of two online panels followed by a hybrid online and in-person Drive-In will bring together diverse perspectives on these issues with a dual focus on COVID-19 as a driver of water scarcity and water scarcity as a key driver of COVID-19 spread.

Join other key experts as we discuss the significant challenges of 2020 from perspectives of public, private, and civil society stakeholders. We will also look ahead to the future, reflecting on how the current pandemic may drive water insecurity in the next 10-30 years and how it may affect meeting the goals of SDG 6. The core message: decisions made today will impact water security for years to come. How can we simultaneously respond to the immediate crisis and address the chronic issue of water scarcity?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr. Fadi Comair, Chairman of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP)
  • Dr. Zafar Adeel, Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre at Simon Fraser University and Former Director of United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)
  • HP Nanda, Global Vice President and General Manager, DuPont Water Solutions
  • Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Professor in Practice at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, U.K., and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Aklilu Fikresilassie, Director of Thriving and Resilient Cities at World Resources Institute (WRI) Africa

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